Bad decisions beget bad connectivity
In the last few years, Birmingham city council has allowed
- the goods yard at Moor Street railway station to be redeveloped for the Bullring shopping centre
- property company Ballymore to build offices on the east side of the old Snow Hill station site.
As a result of these decisions, the options for increasing railway capacity and connectivity in the West Midlands have been much reduced.
If HS2 is built as planned in Leeds and Manchester, the regional connectivity disbenefits could be even larger than in Birmingham. Implementation of city ‘S-Bahn’ systems in Manchester and Leeds would probably become unaffordable and infeasible.
With its capacity-sapping flat junctions, Network Rail’s Ordsall chord is in no way a substitute for a Leipzig-style Piccadilly – Victoria interconnector (‘Picvic 21’).